Should New Mexico establish an independent ethics commission to oversee its governmental officials? Multiple legislative efforts to establish an ethics commission in New Mexico have been attempted in recent years, but all failed. To understand the reasons for the recurring efforts – as well as the objections – New Mexico First conducted a series of focus groups about the pros and cons of ethics legislation to answer this question. Meetings were held with current and former public officials, as well as members of the media. ..Read More
New Mexico First Announces 2016 Town Hall Topic: Economic Security and Vitality! A vibrant economy is perhaps the most sought after policy goal for our state. For this reason, New Mexico First will hold a statewide town hall on economic security and vitality to develop practical recommendations for the future. The event will focus on economic strategies that address the needs of small and large businesses – as well as low and middle-income families. The event will encourage participants to think creatively about strengthening the states’ economic health in ways that reach people from all walks of life. ..Read More
Five New Mexicans were honored for exceptional leadership and bipartisan contributions to our government and community. The awards were presented at the biannual First Forum lecture series, From Gridlock to Good Government. The awardees were chosen by a bipartisan committee including Janet Green, Gene Baca, Clint Harden, Leean Kravitz, Cynthia Nava and Heather Balas. Congratulations to our 2015 Spirit of Bipartisanship Award Recipients. ..Read More
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The nonpartisan public policy organization New Mexico First will recognize five outstanding leaders for their exceptional commitments to collaboration and effective policy. The Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards will be presented at the First Forum Lecture Series on June 25 in Albuquerque. “This organization is proud to recognize lawmakers and community leaders who put the people of New Mexico first and work to find good solutions to the challenges we face,” said Janet Green, selection committee chair. “This award shines the spotlight on hard-working role models who put good policy above partisan politics.” ..Read More
From the Albuquerque Journal to the Washington Post, voters read that our government is broken. Partisan finger-pointing, money in politics, and voter distrust all contribute to a growing culture of negativity around politics. Is it possible to re-create a positive, productive political environment? How can our state foster a true spirit of collaboration among our elected leaders, while honoring authentic differences of opinion or priority? And what will it take to rekindle voter trust in our democratic process? To answer these questions, New Mexico First will host its biennial fundraiser 2015 First Forum: From Gridlock to Good Government! ..Read More
There are only two more weeks to submit a nomination for the 2015 Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards! Do you know lawmakers or community leaders who put good policy above partisan politics? Nominate a leader who is a role model for cross-party collaboration in areas such as health, education, economy or environment. Your nominee can work at state, local, federal or tribal levels. You can recommend an individual or a bipartisan duo! ..Read More
Over 100 law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency medical professionals, emergency management professionals, telecommunications experts, public utility professionals and wireless industry operators came together this week in Albuquerque. The event, sponsored by the NM Department of Information Technology and facilitated by New Mexico First, identified needs and priorities to ensure statewide coordination for implementing the Public Safety Broadband Network in New Mexico. ..Read More